The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants. At NILC, we believe that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their race, gender, immigration and/or economic status—should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Over the years, we’ve been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, and play a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of polices that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive.
National Immigration Law Center
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is a center in the United States that "engages in policy analysis, litigation, education and advocacy, to achieve [the] vision" of "a society in which all people—regardless of race, gender, immigration or economic status—are treated fairly and humanely." They claim to concentrate on social, economic, and racial justice for low-income immigrants. They have offices in Washington, D.C. as well as in Los Angeles and Oakland, California. Their executive director is Marielena Hincapié.
NILC plays a role both in advocacy to influence legislation in a manner that would provide greater justice to immigrants and in spreading awareness and information so that immigrants can better navigate the existing social, political, and legal landscape. Unlike the National Immigrant Justice Center, they do not provide or facilitate direct legal representation to immigrants. Their activities include publishing information on immigration reform legislation, immigration enforcement, workers' rights, education, driver's licenses, taxes, and litigation. Their litigation activities are intended as impact litigation, i.e., they focus on litigation that might have an effect on state laws or on the judicial interpretation of these laws.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90010-2295 | Tax-exempt since Sept. 1995
Classification (NTEE) Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy)
Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3) Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
We see to build a Black and Brown led abolitionist movement rooted in community power towards the goal of achieving transformative justice and healing justice for all incarcerated people, their families and communities.
Our mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.